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English is the most widespread language on the planet. It dominates global scientific and technical publications and boasts an almost impossibly rich vocabulary. As the cornerstone of learning, the ability to speak, interpret and write English eloquently is a desirable skill.


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World Book Day 2019

To celebrate World Book Day, Hove Park School was taken over by over 20 teachers on both sites acting very strangely...for one day only, they 'became' books such as: Noughts and Crosses, The Wizard of Oz and The Great Gatsby! Students whizzed around the school to complete the ..

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English is a truly diverse subject too! At Hove Park, we aim to explore English: un-stitch Shakespeare; grub through grammar; nose noisily through novels; play with plays and poke through the pitter-patterns of the spoken language.

Literacy is our way of keeping up with the world. We would like all our students to develop their literacy skills so they can think for themselves and speak to others in an informed way. Developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills throughout KS3 and KS4 will allow them to make informed choices about their present and future.

In a world of texts, emails and global media, English morphs to meet new demands.

KS3 English

KS3 English covers a wide range of ‘literacy’ topics to suit all students. We look at traditional texts (e.g poetry, prose, playscripts) alongside contemporary material, e.g (media, newspapers and the moving image). Throughout each year, students build on their literacy skills so they become better readers, writers and communicators.

KS4 English

Everything is subject to interpretation; we are unique in the way we communicate as human beings through reading, speaking, writing and listening. Studying English and English Literature at GCSE level aims to encourage students to practise these vital skills for the later future. Students follow the AQA syllabus and study a variety of traditional and contemporary texts; from Shakespeare and Dickens to Steinbeck and Poetry across Time...Students are taught to analyse the effect of language, the writer's craft, characterisation and the way texts are put together. Interestingly, the new syllabus allows students to explore the way they speak and how they use the English language, compared to the world around them.

Students follow the AQA syllabus and study a variety of traditional and contemporary texts; from Shakespeare and Dickens to Steinbeck and Poetry across Time...Students are taught to analyse the effect of language, the writer's craft, characterisation and the way texts are put together. Interestingly, the new syllabus allows students to explore the way they speak and how they use the English language, compared to the world around them.

All students will study and be entered for both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. They are separate GCSE qualifications but the courses allow transferable skills to be developed across both subjects. The course will be assessed at the end of the course. Regular teacher assessments, Year 10 exams and mock examinations will provide opportunities to practice all examination papers. The papers are untiered and questions are designed to take students on an assessment journey through lower tariff tasks to more extended responses.

The syllabus information for Year 10 and Year 11 is as follows:

English Language (8700) http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/specification-at-a-glance

and

English Literature (8702) http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/specification-at-a-glance

Extra curricular activities

Students can take part in a range of writing competitions that are held throughout the year. We also encourage Year 9 students to become reading mentors to develop the literacy skills of Year 7 students. Any students who would like to develop their literacy skills further so they meet their target levels, can attend the after-school catch up sessions. We also collaborate with the school librarian to ensure students have access to writer’s workshops, author visits and book groups.

Filmclub is a great opportunity to watch a variety of films in the company of those who love films! We watch everything and anything from commercial and mainstream films to independent, arthouse or foreign films worthy of attention. We discuss afterwards and students write mini reviews on the website. We are honoured to have 2 filmclub ambassadors who are nationally recognised! One has interviewed George Clooney recently at the Baftas!

Media Studies

This is a course which involves students learning about and discussing key concepts within media industries and applying them in a creative way. Practical projects include planning and creating advertising campaigns, promotion material for acts within the music industry and film trailers which appeal to a target audience. Students will have the chance to explore how media affects their lives and society as a whole.

GCSE Structure

Year 10

Controlled Assessment taken from banks of 3 set assignments 90 marks - 60%

1) Introductory assignment on advertising; 2) Cross-media assignment on music industry promotion

Year 11

3) Practical Production and Evaluation assignment (either the making of a thriller film trailer or a film magazine)

Written Paper - 1 hour 30 mins - 60 marks - 40%

External Assessment

Based on a pre-released topic (e.g; 2012: Crime Tv Drama) with guidance and stimulus.

Student Testimonials

“I have been studying Media for almost two years now and it’s been a very rewarding experience. The set tasks on the subjects of advertisements, music and film are all interesting conventions of Media. This course is suitable for students who love being creative. It’s an extremely fun course to take.” – Sophie Riche